Download PDF by John Fletcher: About Beckett. The Playwright and the Work

By John Fletcher

ISBN-10: 0571318878

ISBN-13: 9780571318872

In About Beckett Emeritus Professor John Fletcher has compiled a radical and available quantity that explains why Beckett's paintings is so major and enduring. Professor Fletcher first met Beckett in 1961 and his publication is crammed not just with insights into the paintings but in addition interviews with Beckett and first-hand tales and observations through those that helped to place his paintings at the degree, together with Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Roger Blin, Peter corridor, Max Wall and George Devine. As an advent to Beckett and his paintings, Professor Fletcher's ebook is incomparable.

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These volumes aim to deal directly with the writer and with other theatre workers (directors, actors, designers and similar figures) who realize in performance the words on the page. The subjects of the series are some of the most important and influential writers from post-war British and Irish theatre. Each volume contains an introduction which sets the work of the writer in the relevant historical, social and political context, followed by a digest of interviews and other material which allows the writer, in his own words, to trace his evolution as a dramatist.

To the end of his life he kept his Republic of Ireland passport and never had any doubts that he was a (southern) Irishman to the core. He had reservations about such things as the dominance of the Roman Catholic Church in the young Republic, not because it was Catholic (his best friend in Ireland, Thomas McGreevy, was a devout Roman Catholic), but because it was (in his view) an institution that did nothing to discourage the new state from adopting such illiberal and philistine policies as the censorship of books.

Many of these aspects can, naturally enough, be observed operating in parallel in other performing arts in this century, such as the ballet, the cinema or, more recently, television. , and which can also be found in Tom Stoppard’s Postmodern revision of Hamlet, first performed in 1967, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. 2 The exploration of antagonism and violence, particularly of a psychological kind, in the shadow of what Stoppard has called ‘the great homicidal classics’ (chief among which of course is Hamlet; as Stoppard points out, it is ‘a slaughterhouse’, accounting for ‘eight corpses all told’ by the end).

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